Sens in full Yanic mode?

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

Is Yanic Perreault the answer for the Senators?

That's what John Muckler is trying to decide.

The Senators GM confirmed to the Sun yesterday that he's toyed with the idea of signing the unrestricted free-agent centre, but isn't sure where he'd fit on the club's roster.

Perreault, 35, had 57 points -- 22 goals and 35 assists -- with the Predators last year, but is still recovering from off-season abdominal surgery.

"Yes, I've thought about Yanic Perreault," said Muckler. "I'm not sure when he's going to be ready to play and where exactly he's at in his recovery from the surgery. The big question for me is: What kind of role would he play on our team and do we already have that type of player here?"

PLENTY OF COMPETITION

The Senators aren't the only team interested in Perreault's services.

It's believed three or four GMs have had discussions with Perreault's representatives and there are whispers Florida coach and GM Jacques Martin is close to signing Perreault.

Part of the issue for the Senators is money. The club's payroll is close to $42.5 million (all terms US) and it's expected Perreault will be a seeking a one-year deal worth around $1 million.

Where Perreault would help any team is in the faceoff circle. He has won 61.7% of his faceoffs since the league started keeping tabs of the stat eight years ago.

By contrast, the Senators won just 34% of their faceoffs in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over the Habs.

"He's a good player. It's something I've looked at," said Muckler.

TRYING TO DECIDE: Coach Bryan Murray said he'll announce his starting goalie tomorrow for Thursday's visit by the Avalanche, but G Ray Emery is going to get strong consideration. He was in the net against the Habs. "I like to win," said Murray. "If you win you have a chance to play again." No. 1 G Martin Gerber said he'd like to get back in there, but knows Emery will push him for the top job. "It's always tough to watch, but it's good that we won the game," said Gerber. "There's always competition. It doesn't matter where you. You're always going to have two guys who want to play and they're going to push each other. That's what you want to have."

AROUND THE BOARDS: Senators D Joe Corvo took part in practice yesterday and appeared to suffer a little pain when he blocked a shot midway through the workout. Corvo (broken foot) said he's not completely comfortable yet, but hopes ot play Thursday against the Avs or Saturday vs. the Devils ... A player who impressed against the Habs was C Alexei Kaigorodov, who was making his NHL debut. The 23-year-old took a lot of heat for the way he performed in camp, but Kaigorodov looked comfortable playing on a line with Chris Kelly and Patrick Eaves. "He's showing jump. He's playing with a little more confidence," said Murray. "We're just going to try to play this guy in some games. Time will make the difference. It doesn't really matter whether he played, sat on the bench or dressed. Anytime you have a young player, you have to give them to adjust. I have always said from the day I coached the (CJHL's) Rockland Nationals with four 16-year-olds that you have to give the young players time. I'm hoping this guy with games will improve." ... D Wade Redden, who has been nursing a sore groin, left midway through practice. He's expected to return to the ice today and suit up against the Avs. C Jason Spezza didn't skate because of soreness and Murray joked with a wide smile: "(Athletic therapist) Gerry (Townend) just told me he feels better ... now that practice is over." ... Gerber wore new black pads during practice. "I'm just trying to break them in," said Gerber. "I've always worn black pads in the past until last year in (Carolina). I just got them and and I want to use them a bit before using them in a game."


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